Why I Substituted Lacazette – Wenger

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has revealed that he took off Alexandre Lacazette in the second half of their 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday, before his intensity had dropped.

Lacazette has made a decent start to life in England, scoring two goals in six matches in all competitions, since arriving for €53million from Lyon in the summer.

The 26-year-old missed a big chance during the draw at Stamford Bridge and was eventually taken off in the 66th minute.

“I felt Lacazette had a very good first half. He worked very hard for the team, he’s very disciplined and it takes him some time to maintain that intensity for 90 minutes,” Wenger said.

“Don’t forget as well I had Walcott, Giroud and Alexis on the bench, so after 65 minutes in a game of that intensity, it’s normal that you bring some fresh legs in.”

Wenger, however, said he would never ask a striker to get used to being substituted.

“I never ask any striker to understand that he has to make room for somebody else,” he said.

“You can never do that.”

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